It is no secret by now that exercise is one of the most important pillars to keeping yourself physically healthy. It keeps you strong, fit, and ready for the busy lives we lead. But above all, the mental benefits that are provided when you exercise regularly and allow yourself to move your body is so incredibly important too. But, from time to time we have all been through a bout of a nasty exercise slump when the motivation to get to that gym class or for your morning walk is no longer easy to find. It happens! But never fear, below we are going to share with you 10 of our top tips to keep your motivation to exercise right up!
Remember how good those endorphins feel
Each time you get your body moving, there is a scientific reason you feel so fabulous once you are finished up. Endorphins are one of the many ‘happy’ chemicals that are sent out by your brain, with the main aim to relieve stress and boost your mood. This is why your mental health, and therefore overall mood benefits so much from exercising!
Make it a social occasion
Get yourself a workout buddy! The thought of sweating it out with a friend is way more fun than doing it all by yourself, right? Set up times throughout your week with friends for a walk, talk, and coffee – the best combo we think! Or join the gym with a friend! Accountability, your socialisation, and motivation will all benefit dramatically. How good is that!
Don’t over commit
Burn out is real and can cause a mass lack of motivation to exercise. Your body needs a break in order to perform to the best of its ability continuously. Listen to your body when it tells you it’s ok to have a break. You know your own limits and what your body responds to best, when it wants to go and when it wants to rest. A great balance of rest and work is the key!
Keep it interesting
If you continue to do the exact same walking route or the 8 am gym class every. single. day, there is a very high chance you will quickly feel pretty uninspired. Ensuring you keep it interesting by having a variety in your exercise routine is so important in keeping your motivation up. Whether you add in some Pilates, an at-home workout during your lunch break or boxing into your schedule, change is good! You should feel excited to work out, not like it is a chore!
Create yourself a great playlist
Music is such a huge motivator when you are feeling a bit of a slump in not only exercising but just when you are feeling a bit down, right? Creating or finding the perfect playlist on your favourite streaming platform is the easiest way to get your body and mind ready and rearing to get moving again. We absolutely love this playlist below that our gorgeous members helped us create to pump you up!
Include it in your daily to-do list
Think of the things that you have to do in your daily routine. Why not add ‘walk’ or ‘go to the gym’ to that list? Adding exercise to your daily list will help to make it a priority that you just know you want to get done each day. It will assist in keeping you accountable. Doesn’t it feel great when you tick something off your to-do list?
Treat yourself to some new workout wear
Often, motivation can come from external factors, like what we are wearing, to affect how we actually feel at the gym. Treating yourself to some new sneakers to make walking that little bit easier, or grabbing some new activewear, can really make a difference in your confidence and comfort being out and active whether it be at your local park or the gym! Time for a shop?
Just give yourself 10 minutes
Often the before thought of slogging it out for that daunting one-hour workout or long walk can seem a little off-putting. So why not just promise yourself 10 minutes? Whether that just be a 10 minute YouTube workout at home or a quick walk down the block, most of the time when the endorphins start to flow, you want to keep going! Before you know it, you’ve walked 5km or smashed a workout, and you feel great for it!
In the morning, immediately pop into your workout gear
Jump out of your pyjamas in the morning and straight into your workout wear to promote that idea that ‘hey, I’m already in my activewear… why don’t I go for a walk?’ It signals to yourself that you are already rearing and ready to go, giving yourself one less excuse to not just do it!
Ask yourself, “will I regret this workout?”
You will thank yourself after, right? There is no such thing as a bad workout. Even if you can only muster up a 15-minute walk around the block, that is always better than nothing. Always think to yourself… ‘will I regret moving my body?’ We can guess the answer would be no! So, give it a try and treat yourself to those happy chemicals. You’ve got this!
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